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Logistics and Infrastructural Networks



With a convenient location on the Western Hemisphere, El Salvador is looking forward to capitalize on its potential as a regional logistics hub, based on its commercials openness, maritime connectivity, attractive fiscal incentives, excellent air and land connectivity and for being ready to serve big ships, with the newest container terminal in the pacific coast of Central America (Port La Union) with large areas available for added value activities.


Being located in proximity to the US market and to the emergent market of Mesoamerica, El Salvador stands for a key player for freight distribution in the region. One of El Salvador’s strategic commitments is “To become a major regional logistics hub and services provider” (El Salvador Government’s Quinquennial Development Plan 2009-2014). The country is developing its logistics capabilities and looking for investments oriented to improve the efficiency of freight distribution through infrastructures (container terminals, airports modernization) and operations (transport modes and equipment) in order to take advantage of our convenient geographic location to increase our integration with global trade and increase employment opportunities.


El Salvador seeks to become a strategic partner —in the global commerce—for shipping lines, terminal operators, logistic enterprises and manufacturers, by offering the advantages of a convenient business platform to key markets.


El Salvador is also developing a marine industry, focused so far on one of the marine market sectors: the leisure sector.

This focus is based on:

  • The development of the nautical tourism in Salvadorian waters, especially around the tranquil navigation and landscaping of the Gulf of Fonseca.
  • Existing technical knowledge and skills.
  • A zero hurricane risk condition.

Our value propositions:

For container terminal operators

  • To capture cargo from different origins and destinations: (import / export) transshipment, transit and the cargo generated by off shore manufacturers and logistic operators.
  • Immediate operations at the newest container terminal in the region, close to the Panama Canal.
  • Operating a container terminal with proper depths that will allowed large container ships with room for expansion and surge free waters.

For shipping lines

  • To transport import and export cargo from and to the mid Central American region.
  • To handle considerable volumes of cargo for regional transshipments throughout North and South trades with smaller feeder vessels and to the Caribbean, via the Panama Canal.
  • To call Puerto La Unión with larger container vessels via Transpacific route.

For manufacturers

  • To access different markets through our free trade and association agreements.
  • To set up your plant as off shore facilities for the USA market.
  • An opportunity to set up your facilities under free zones or international services models.

For logistics operators

  • To set up operations in El Salvador under the country´s International Services Law.
  • The possibility to provide logistic services with added value to the cargo moving in El Salvador, through the different transportation modes.
  • To offer storage and distribution services to the region, taking advantage of the characteristics and connectivity of these Central American two oceans logistics corridor.